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Coming in first in an athletic competition is an example of eustress.

Eustress can be defined as stress that is healthy or gives one a feeling of fulfillment. [1]

Distress versus eustress

Distress is the most commonly-referred to type of stress, having negative implications, whereas eustress is a positive, desirable form of stress. Both can be equally taxing on the body, and are cumulative in nature.


The prefix derives from the Greek eu meaning either "well" or "good". When attached to the word "stress", it literally means "good stress". In both the word "eustress" and its antonym "distress", the prefixes dis- and eu- refer to the stressor, and not the impact of the stressor.

Examples of causes of eustress

See also

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